debbieC091712“Diversity is necessary for a rich and satisfying life. Although everyone has favorite things -foods, songs, movies – no one would want to eat the same food, hear the same song or watch the same movie every day. Likewise, relationships are richer when they include people of different ages, sexes, religions and races. An area of Jewell diversity that is enormously rewarding is creating friendships with international students. Whether sharing stories, making meals or playing games, we can learn a lot from these friendships–about others and about ourselves.”

Debbie Chasteen, Professor of Communication

jprovance092112“The most obvious benefit of diversity at Jewell is having incredibly varied academic viewpoints. As John Stuart Mill might say: careful consideration of diverse thoughts will either support our current ideas or it will provide us with new ones. I would hope our goal as students at Jewell would be to search for truth and as long as diversity exists, we can continue to do that.”

Jeremy Provance ’14, student leader

cRobinson092112“As William Jewell College educates the men and women who will lead society in the future, we must remember that human relationships, communication, and understanding among those who are different is as essential to the common good as is academic knowledge.”

Cecelia Robinson, Professor Emerita of English

 

“Diversity is essential to a quality liberal arts educataADouri092112ion. … Jewell’s ongoing continuation of student diversity has served to create an environment which perpetuates communal tolerance and understanding; two qualities desperately needed in the world.”

Adam Al Douri, former SAGE President

 

“William Jewell’s liberal arts curriculum was crafted with the objective of providing students with knowledge aneScott092112d information as seen and interpreted through a variety of world views; without diversity amongst the students, faculty, staff, and curriculum content, such is not possible. Diversity is a fundamental component for a superior liberal arts education. If all the students and faculty are the same — come from the same economic, ethnic, religious, philosophical, sexual, or gender background — the amount of first-hand, personally relevant information is limited to one perspective, one reality, and one skewed world view. That’s not a William Jewell liberal arts education.”

Edward Scott ’13, former BSA President